For over 25 years, Canadian employers have used the WHMIS 1988 system of hazardous chemical classification and labelling. This familiar system is now being replaced by the WHMIS 2015 requirements, which incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (“GHS”).
We will examine:
- The reasons for this change;
- Major differences between the 1988 and 2015 systems;
- When employers will need to achieve compliance with the new rules; and
- Tips for transitioning smoothly between the two systems.